CARRYING CONCEALED FIREARMS (CCW) STATISTICS
Violent crime rates are highest overall in states with laws severely
limiting or prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms for
self-defense. (FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 1992) -
The total Violent Crime Rate is 26% higher in the restrictive states
(798.3 per 100,000 pop.) than in the less restrictive states (631.6 per
The Homicide Rate is 49% higher in the restrictive states (10.1 per
100,000) than in the states with less restrictive CCW laws (6.8 per
The Robbery Rate is 58% higher in the restrictive states (289.7 per
100,000) than in the less restrictive states (183.1 per 100,000).
The Aggravated Assault Rate is 15% higher in the restrictive states
(455.9 per 100,000) than in the less restrictive states (398.3 per
100,000). Using the most recent FBI data (1992), homicide trends in the
17 states with less restrictive CCW laws compare favorably against
national trends, and almost all CCW permittees are law-abiding.
Since adopting CCW (1987), Florida's homicide rate has fallen 21%
while the U.S. rate has risen 12%. From start-up 10/1/87 2/28/94 (over
6 yrs.) Florida issued 204,108 permits; only 17 (0.008%) were revoked
because permittees later committed crimes (not necessarily violent) in
which guns were present (not necessarily used).
Of 14,000 CCW licensees in Oregon, only 4 (0.03%) were convicted of
the criminal (not necessarily violent) use or possession of a firearm.
Americans use firearms for self-defense more than 2.1 million times
By contrast, there are about 579,000 violent crimes committed
annually with firearms of all types. Seventy percent of violent crimes
are committed by 7% of criminals, including repeat offenders, many of
whom the courts place on probation after conviction, and felons that
are paroled before serving their full time behind bars.
Two-thirds of self-protective firearms uses are with handguns.
99.9% of self-defense firearms uses do not result in fatal shootings
of criminals, an important factor ignored in certain "studies" that are
used to claim that guns are more often misused than used for
self-protection. Of incarcerated felons surveyed by the Department of
Justice, 34% have been driven away, wounded, or captured by armed
citizens; 40% have decided against committing crimes for fear their
would-be victims were armed.
OTHER CCW FACTS
With adoption of CCW by Arizona, Tennessee and Wyoming in early
1994, 19 states have CCW laws requiring the issuance of permits to
carry concealed firearms for self-defense to citizens who meet fair and
reasonable state standards. Vermont, which ranks near the bottom in
violent crime rates year-in and year-out, allows firearms to be carried
concealed without a permit.
In recent years NRA successfully fought for the adoption of
favorable CCW laws now on the books in Florida (1987), Idaho (1990,
amended 1991), Mississippi (1990), Montana (1991), and Oregon (1990).
In recent legislative sessions, proposals for similar CCW laws have
progressed in Alaska, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Anti-gun forces oppose CCW with a variety of arguments, ranging from
deliberate misrepresentations of commonly available crime data to
"studies" pretending to show that private ownership of firearms leads
to death and injury rather than providing protection to the owner.
1. Firearms ownership opponents claim that "violent crime" went up
in Florida since that state enacted CCW legislation in 1987, a
misleading statement for multiple reasons:
Florida's homicide rate has declined 21% since adopting CCW in1987.
No comparison of aggravated assault, robbery, and rape (99.3% of
Florida violent crimes) beginning before 1988 is valid,according to the
Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement. In 1988,Florida changed its method of
compiling crime statistics.
In Florida, as in the U.S., more than 70% of violent crimes do not
involve guns. Violent crime rates, therefore, don't necessarily reflect
violent gun-related crime trends. According to the most recent FBI
Uniform Crime Reports (1992), nationwide firearms were used in the four
violent crimes that make up the total "Violent Crime" category, as
follows: Aggravated Assault (58% of violent crimes) -- firearms used in
25%; Robbery (35% of violent crimes) -- firearms used in 41%; Rapes (6%
of violent crimes) -- firearms used in an estimated 5%-10% (survey
data); and Homicides (1% of violent crimes) -- firearms used in 68%.
In Florida: Aggravated Assaults (64% of violent crimes) -- firearms
used in 25%; Robberies (30% of violent crimes) -- firearms used in 37%;
Rapes (4% of violent crimes) -- firearms used in an estimated 5%-10%
(survey data); and Homicides (0.7% of violent crimes) -- firearms used
2. Anti-gunners cite "studies" they claim show that firearms kept at
home are "43 times more likely" to be used to kill family members than
be used for self-defense. (Other "studies" claim different ratios.) The
43:1 claim, based upon a small-scale study of Kings County (Seattle)
and Shelby County (Memphis), is a fraud, because it counts as
self-defense gun uses only those cases in which criminals were killed
in the defender's home. Approximately 99.9% of all defensive gun uses
are not fatal shootings, however -- criminals are usually frightened
off, held at bay, or non-fatally wounded. Also, many defensive firearms
uses occur away from home. Further, suicides were counted as "family
member killings" in the "study," elevating that number more than 500%.
Unfortunately, some of these "studies" are funded with taxpayer
dollars, through grants from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, a division of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
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Fri, June 27, 2008